Grieve not for me for now I know where I am. This is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Etta “Granny Link” 104 departed this life at her home in Newport, Thursday, November 12, 2009. She was a daughter of the late Mundy R. and Sallie Ann Page Viar. She was born in Nelson County, Virginia on October 25, 1905. She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest Link of 51 years, daughter Lois, granddaughter Debra Porterfield, daughter-in-law Reba Link, and sisters Gladys Viar, Eva Breen and brother Basil Viar.
Etta was a city girl, who moved to the farm 79 years ago. She always said that she got her education on the farm. She could plant a garden, milk a cow, sew a quilt, and sooth a crying baby. She loved her family more than anything, and took pleasure in cooking Sunday dinner for anyone who sat at her table. Her Church and neighbors were equally important to her.
She is survived by her devoted children Russell Link, Allen and Eleanor Link, David and Doris Link, Beulah and Eddie Epling, Jean and Cecil Porterfield, all of Newport; her 15 grandchildren Darrel and Teresa Link, Wayne Porterfield, Valerie and Alvin Jones, Sylvia and Wayne Duckett, A.D. and Bonnie Link, Timmy Link, Roger and Roxanna Link, Lisa and Ben Herr, Pam and David Williams, Cindy Epling, Melissa Skurupey, Elizabeth Johnson and Neil, Michael Epling and Kira, Jason Porterfield, Amanda Porter Porterfield, Daniel Berger, 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and sisters Mabel Lucas, Elenora and Charlie Page, niece Hilda Compton.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:00 PM in the Sherry Memorial Christian Church on Mt. Late Road at Newport with Pastor Matthew Cox and Pastor Eddie Kendall officiating. Burial will follow in the Clover Hollow Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St. in Pembroke Saturday evening from 6 to 8 PM. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.